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The WSOP Player of the Year award will undergo dramatic changes this summer. On Thursday, WSOP officials announced that the Global Poker Index will be responsible for tabulating the 2015 WSOP POY and will also become the official sponsor of the award.

The POY title will now be called the GPI WSOP Player of Year and will recognize the best player from the 74 bracelet events held throughout 2015. According to a press release announcing the agreement, this is a multi-year deal that will help the GPI expand worldwide.

Latest in GPI’s Initiative to “Sportify” Poker

Global Poker Index CEO Alex Dreyfus has been public on his dream to sportily the game of poker and the move to host the WSOP Player of the Year award makes perfect sense. According to Dreyfus, “The World Series of Poker is the most prestigious poker competition in the world and is also the most “sportified” series on the live tournament circuit.

We are very honored to have entered into this agreement with the WSOP and I am truly excited to develop several initiatives that will supper the growth of the sport of poker. This partnership also allows the Global Poker Index to expand its reach in North America and all over the world.”

New Statistical Model

GPI will be the exclusive host for the WSOP POY standings. Stats for players will be available on GPI’s site and on WSOP.com. These stats will provide a detailed look at individual stats, including results based on variant.

The winner of the 2015 GPI WSOP Player of the Year will receive the following:

  • Specially-designed commemorative trophy
  • A banner to be displayed at all future WSOP events
  • The winner will be recognized during the November Nine final table in November

In addition to sponsoring the POY, the multi-year agreement between the parties will also include marketing projects at both the WSOP Las Vegas and WSOP Europe. Some of those initiatives include exclusive content on WSOP.com and expanded content for the for November Nine livestream.

Recognized Leader in Player Rankings Gets Chance to Shine

The GPI is recognized as the ranking authority for player rankings in the industry. The GPI 300 is a weekly ranking that ranks the top live poker players based on results earned in the last 36 months. Consistent performance is needed to stay near the top of the rankings, thus eliminating the “big score syndrome” in some other ranking systems.

Wsop Executive Director Ty Stewart is looking forward to the forthcoming results, stating, “I’m please to grow our relationship with the Global Poker Index around the Player of the Year. For several years Alex has been claiming this is the best formula to recognize tournament poker success, and we’re looking forward to an exciting race where every result counts. I know GPI is very passionate about elevating the profile of this award to the mainstream, which only helps create buzz for the game.”

The 2015 World Series of Poker kicks off on Wednesday May 27 and continues through July 14. Then in October, the WSOP Europe will run in Berlin, Germany from October 8-24. The WSOP Main Event does factor into POY calculations, so there is a chance that we do not find out the POY winner until the November Nine final table.

James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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